William Ruto – Biography
William Samoei Ruto is the First Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya.
He is the first elected Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. Previously, Kenya had appointed vice-presidents who served entirely at the pleasure of the President.
Hon. William Samoei Ruto was born on 21 December 1966 in Sambut Village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County in the Rift Valley to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot and Mama Sarah Cheruiyot. He is fourth among six children.
William Ruto – Education
William Ruto attended Kamagut Primary School where he sat for his Certificate of Primary Education in 1982, then proceeded to Wareng’ Secondary School in Eldoret for his secondary schooling.
After his O- Levels, he proceeded to Kapsabet High School in Nandi County for his A –Levels after which he was admitted to University of Nairobi to study Botany and Zoology for his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree.
He graduated top of his class at the University and was offered a scholarship to take up post-graduate studies at the college.
Mr Ruto commenced course work for his Master of Science in 1991, but deferred his research in 1992 when he was employed by the Kenya African National Union in their successful presidential re-election campaign.
In 2008, he graduated with a Masters of Science Degree in Plant Ecology.
During university holidays William Ruto taught in Sergoit and Kamagut secondary schools both in Uasin Gishu County as an untrained teacher. At the University, Ruto a staunch African Inland Church (AIC) member was elected the leader of the University Christian Union choir, and was liked very much by students.
He is currently pursuing a Phd. degree in the same field.
William Ruto – Political Background
William Ruto joined mainstream politics in 1997 when he was elected Member of Parliament for Eldoret North constituency on the Kenya African National Union (KANU) ticket.
Before then, he had successfully contested various party branch positions.
He established himself as an astute politician and he rose rapidly within the party becoming its secretary general in 2005.
He was appointed Home Affairs Assistant Minister in 2002 and re-elected into Parliament in the General Election later the same year.
Mr William Ruto was a key component of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first presidential campaign in that election.
However, Mr Kenyatta lost to Mwai Kibaki of the National Rainbow Coalition, NARC. Mr Ruto stood by Mr Kenyatta’s side as he conceded defeat and congratulated the President-elect, becoming the first presidential contender to do so.
Mr Ruto also served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform in the 9th Parliament and led the process of assembling the team and setting up the structures that put Kenya on the road to a new constitution.
In January 2006, Mr Ruto declared he would join the 2007 presidential race. However, he lost in the party’s nominations.
He was appointed Minister for Agriculture in the Coalition Government that was formed.He served for three years.
His tenure at the Ministry of Agriculture stands out and his achievements are billed as the modern yardstick of performance politics in Kenya.
Mr Ruto revived irrigation schemes and provided cheaper fertilizer to farmers in addition to ensuring the maize, sugarcane, coffee and tea sectors had a bumper harvest and a ready market.
He was transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education where he set up structures to reform the university education system.
Known for his political savvy and drive, Mr Ruto has managed to propel himself from relative insignificance to a position of indisputable import in Kenya’s politics.
William Ruto – Way to the top
Mr Ruto once again declared his intention to vie for the presidency in the 2013 General Election.
However, he shelved his ambition and joined hands with Mr Kenyatta to form the Jubilee Alliance, which brought together the United Republic Party (URP) led by Ruto and the National Alliance Party (TNA) led by Mr Kenyatta. Other smaller parties also joined the alliance.
He became the running mate to Mr Kenyatta and eventually the Deputy President after the March 4, 2013 elections, which the Jubilee Alliance won in round one.
He was sworn into office on April 9th, 2013
William Ruto – Core Values
The core focus of Hon. William Ruto’s leadership is to grow the economy. As a transformational leader, he seeks to provide valuable and positive change which will inspire, give vision and enthusiasm to all Kenyans to achieve economic independence. Furthermore, he dedicates his energy into building synergies amongst all Kenyans in pursuit of higher social goals.
Hon. Ruto is totally convinced that together we will Transform Kenya into an Economic Power House.
William Samoei Ruto was born on December 21, 19 66 in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyo tand Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
William Ruto Wealth
After university, Mr. Ruto taught at Sirgoi and Kamagut Secondary Schools in the North Rift. He, at the same time, founded African Venture Tours and Hotels.
He enrolled for a masters degree in botany and graduated in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the same ﬁeld.
William Ruto – Politics
A scion of retired president Daniel Arap Moi , Ruto, a self-made politician born into poverty who sold peanuts on the Eldoret highway to supplement the family income, dabbled with politics when he got involved with the Cyrus Jirongo-led Youth for Kenyan African National Union ‘92.
YK’92, as it was popularly known, was an out ﬁt hastily put together to campaign for President Daniel arap Moi‘s reelection in that ﬁrst multiparty election. KANU’S win in the 1992 polls saw Ruto appointed Assistant Minister for Provincial Administration, and then Minister of Home Affairs. In 2002, Ruto supported President Moi‘s decision to back Uhuru Kenyatta bid as kanu’s flag-bearer in the year’s General Election. Kanu lost to the opposition led by Mwai Kibaki. In the run-up to the 2005 constitutional referendum, he joined Raila Odinga in the Orange Democratic Movement. He sought ODM’s nomination for the 2007 presidential election, but was beaten by Odinga. He, however, marshalled the Kalenjin community and garnered signiﬁcant support for the ODM.
He adapted fast to the country’s changing political and social environment ﬁtting well with the grand coalition government that brought together President Mwai Kibaki and then Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga following the disputed 2007 presidential elections.
At the formation of the grand coalition government in April 2008, Ruto, who then had established him self a leading light in ODM and a member of the party’s cream referred to as the pentagon, was appointed Minister for Agriculture in 2008 until April 2010. At the Ministry of Agriculture he traversed the country checking on farmers. He ensured farmers got a regular supply of fertiliser and had ready market for their produce.
He was moved to the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology, where he immediately embarked on reforms to ensure institutions of higher education in the country offered quality and relevant education to the thousands of Kenyan youth.
His rallying call then was that youth must be trained in courses that were relevant in the fast changing world and which were globally competitive. He also called for increased budgetary allocation to meet the ever – growing demand for higher education in Kenya.
Ruto remained vocal and played a critical role in the making of the 2010 Constitution. He was the chairman and member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution.
Mr. Ruto run for the March 4, 2013, Presidential race as Mr.Kenyatta’s running mate on under the Jubilee Alliance whose other main partner was his United Republican Party(URP) and Mr.Kenyatta‘s The National Alliance (TNA). Others in the Jubilee coalition were Charity Ngilu, Joseph Nyaga and Najib Balala.
His political career took a turn on December 15, 2010, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) named him as a suspect of crimes against humanity over the 2008 post-election chaos. The hearing of his case started in October 2013.
William Ruto’s Family – Wife and Children
William Ruto is married to Rachel Chebet, a teacher, who he met when they were both undergraduate students at the University of Nairobi. They have six children.
Willia Ruto – Profile / Timeline
21 December 1966: William Samoei Ruto is born in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu to the late Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot and Mama Sarah Cheruiyot.
1990: William Samoei Ruto Graduated from the University of Nairob having attained BSc and MSc in botany. William Ruto had earlier attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education, Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education and Kapsabet Boys, for his Advanced Levels.
At University, Ruto a staunch African Inland Church (AIC) member was elected the leader of the University Christian Union choir.
In early 1990: William Samoei Ruto established a company, African Venture Tours and Hotels.
1992: William Ruto was the Organising Secretary of Youth for Kanu ’92 (YK92), a group that was formed to drum up support for President Daniel arap Moi in the election.
1997 – Now: William Ruto has been the MP for Eldoret North Constituency
August 2002: William Samoei Ruto became an Assistant Minister in the Office of the President and was later appointed Minister in charge of Home Affairs.
January 2006: Ruto declared publicly that he would stand for the presidency in the 2007 general election.
April 2008: William Samoei Ruto was appointed minister of Agriculture.
19 October 2010: William Samoei Ruto ia appointed Minister for Higher Education.
In December 2010: The ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber issued a summon for William Ruto at the prosecutor’s request.
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